Area baseball from Wednesday
One day after getting thumped by U-High, Pontiac turned the tables on the Pioneers and posted a 9-6 victory in the final Corn Belt Conference baseball game between the two programs Wednesday at Redbird Field.
The Indians took a 4-1 lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning, but U-High drew even with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
This time, Pontiac had an answer. The Tribe scored five times in the sixth inning to make it 9-4. Eric Watson, a call-up from the frosh-soph squad, singled to lead off the sixth.
Boston DiNardi got the sacrifice down and Levi Ransom was plunked by a pitch. Garrett Gould fanned and it looked like the Indians might be in trouble. But Tony Krominga did what he does best and singled to center to bring in Watson to break the tie.
A walk to Ben Schuler loaded the bases and a free pass to Jacob Duffy forced in Ransom. Carter Dawson, also called up for this game, reached on an infield single that drove in Krominga to make it 7-4.
Jakob Grieff followed with a base hit that plated Schuler and Duffy and made it 9-4.
A two-out double for U-High drove in two runs and made it 9-6, but Logan Verdun got a pop out to end the game.
Dawson got his first varsity hit in the second and scored on Grieff’s two-bagger to make it 1-1. Krominga double home Ransom in the third and Schuler followed with a run-scoring triple to make it 3-1. Dawson’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 4-1.
Grieff had a double, single and three runs batted in while Krominga doubled, singled and drove in two runs for the Indians, who moved to 3-15. Dawson had a pair of singles and two RBIs with DiNardi also collecting two hits. Schuler recorded a triple and RBI. Duffy singled and drove in a run and Ransom, Gould and Watson each singled.
Duffy got the win with four strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings. Seth Mehrkens got the save.
EPG 12, Fieldcrest 0
EL PASO — Nathan Lavender allowed just two hits and a walk in shutting down Fieldcrest in a Heart of Illinois Conference baseball game Wednesday. He also struck out 10 as El Paso-Gridley rolled to a 12-0 victory.
The Titans scored six runs in the first inning. Lavender helped his cause with a two-run single that drove in Kevin Greene and Kyler Edelman. Drew Edelman also doubled and scored on Drew Gilbert’s two-run homer that made it 6-0.
Lavender smacked a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning that cleared the bases and made it 9-0. Carson Hoffman had a two-run single that closed out the scoring later in the inning.
Lavender had two doubles and five runs batted in for EPG. Hoffman and Brock Starkey each had two hits and two RBIs. Kyler Edelman also had two hits while Gilbert homered and Greene and Drew Edelman each had one hit.
Derek May doubled and Coty Johnson singled for the Knights. Johnson fanned four in taking the loss.
Coal City 13, Dwight 3
COAL CITY — Dwight tied the game in the top of the fourth inning but Coal City scored the final 10 runs in posting a 13-3 victory in nonconference play Wednesday.
The Trojans and Coalers each scored a run in the first and Coal City led 3-1 after the third. DTHS pulled even with two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Coalers got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning, added a run in the fifth and ended it with seven runs in the sixth.
Cal Schultz took the loss for the Trojans (7-13). He allowed four runs in relief of starter Mike Johnson, who gave up one run. Logan Graham and Colton Holm also pitched.
Blake Graham homered and DJ Branz doubled and singled for the Trojans. Schultz also singled and all three had a run batted in.